Projects by the Bröhan Design Foundation

New Research Project by the Torsten Bröhan Design Foundation: Kálmán Lengyel

If one surveys the literature on modernist design, one notices that tubular steel furniture, especially the designs by Marcel Breuer, serve as outstanding examples of Bauhaus aesthetics. However, there is still a lack of precise knowledge of how the path led from the first prototype to early series production. Breuer's compatriot Kálmán Lengyel, whose life and work the Bröhan Design Foundation has been researching since 2016, played an important role in this. A comprehensive publication is to summarize the results. Release is planned for 2023.
Some more information can be found on the Kálmán Lengyel Project Website.

Research since 2010 on the estate of the graphic designer Wilhelm Deffke.

Corporate Design: The pioneer of logo design Wilhelm Deffke (1887–1950)
Sept. 28, 2013 – February 16, 2014
German Poster Museum, Museum Folkwang, Essen.


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Publication of a comprehensive monograph on Wilhelm Deffke in a German and English edition.
388 pages, 484 colour and 120 b&w illustrations.
Hardcover with dust jacket. Designed by Alessio Leonardi.
With contributions by Gerda Breuer, Torsten Bröhan, Ute Brüning, Peter Nils Dorén, Norbert Eisold, Susanne Engelhard, René Grohnert, Roland Jaeger, Christoph Janik, Karin Lelonek, Julia Meer, Christopher Oestereich, Burkhard Sülzen.

Bröhan Design Foundation (Hrsg.):
Wilhelm Deffke – Pionier des modernen Logos.
Scheidegger & Spiess, Zürich 2013.
Here can you find some pictures of the book (external link).

Bröhan Design Foundation (ed.):
Wilhelm Deffke – pioneer of the modern logo.
Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich 2014.

More information can be found at the Wilhelm Deffke Project Website.


Loans for the exhibition “Maramm Magdeburg – Modern Advertising and Exhibition City”
June 1th – December 11th 2016, Forum Gestaltung e.V., Magdeburg.

Loans for the exhibition “Big Plans! Modern Figures, Visionaries, and Inventors. Applied Modernism in Saxony-Anhalt 1919-1933.”
May 4th 2016 – January 6th 2017, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.